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Disneyland Resort Celebrates 60th Anniversary, Grants More than $60,000 to Diversity Scholarship Funds

posted on May 29th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


As we reflect on all we’ve accomplished with the community over the past 60 years, our dazzling Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration presents us with the opportunity to inspire the next generation of leaders right here in Orange County. In that spirit, Disneyland Resort donated more than $60,000 in scholarship funds to support the pursuit of higher education.

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Last night, during a special ceremony held at the Main Street Opera House in Disneyland park, we presented 11 nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving diverse students with funds supporting their scholarship efforts. Organizations included:

  • 100 Black Men of Orange County
  • American Indian Chamber of Commerce
  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
  • California State University, Fullerton Hispanic Scholarship
  • Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF)
  • National Hispanic Business Woman Association (NHBWA)
  • OC Black Chamber
  • OC Hispanic Chamber Education Foundation
  • Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)
  • Santa Ana College
  • Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce

The reception culminated with a viewing of the new “Paint the Night” parade. On behalf of the Disneyland Resort, thank you to all of the organizations for promoting the importance of education among our youth. Keep up the dazzling work!

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June 2015 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 29th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is underway, here are a few other events taking place in June that are sure to dazzle you!

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June 6: Let your imagination soar! Join us as we welcome authors Jonathan Case and Jeff Jensen who will be on the hand for a special signing of their book, Before Tomorrowland. Meet Jonathan and Jeff from 10–noon at Little Green Men Store Command in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park. Learn more here.

June 6-7: Leilani Joy is back! Stop by June 6–7 and again June 20-21, from 2-5 p.m., each day, at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District to see some of Leilani’s newest releases and more. Learn more here.

June 13: Your collection will dazzle with this vibrant and iconic Hipster Mickey piece by artist Jerrod Maruyama, created in commemoration of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Jerrod will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

June 13–14: If you have been waiting for just the right time to order one of artist Dave Avanzino’s Custom Letter Plaques or the new 60th Edition Series Plaques, you’re in luck! Dave will be appearing from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., each day, at Disneyana inside Disneyland park. Learn more here.

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June 20: Join us for a special artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works of art by Sean Chao, Joey Chou, Max Grundy, Danny Handke and Leilani Joy from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn more here.

June 27: Take part in a Disney Fine Art showcase with Collectors Editions artist Jimmy Mulligan from 9–11 a.m. at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A., inside Disneyland park. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Max Grundy. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: June 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 – 27 from 6-10 p.m. Learn more here.

Which artist are you most excited to meet?

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Sixty Years of Innovation: ‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 29th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Let’s wrap up our look back at “Sixty Years of Innovation” at the Disneyland Resort with a nighttime spectacular that, in just five short years, has become an instant classic. “World of Color” opened at Disney California Adventure park in June 2010 and was immediately a fan favorite. Since its premiere, “World of Color” has been performed more than 2,600 times and experienced by more than ten million guests. Blending technology with classic storytelling, the show continues to change – with new Disney films, the holiday season, and now with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park

Five years from planning to opening, “World of Color” was envisioned to be a “living ‘Fantasia,’” using music, animation, color, light and water to immerse the audience in a storytelling journey. The scale of the show is massive, and the “dancing” fountains needed to bring it to life required innovations that the creative team was told were impossible. When they were told they couldn’t have fountains with multiple heads or moving heads, they created them. When they were told they couldn’t create color and light in the fountains, they found ways. Every piece of the show involved a new innovation.

‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park

The “stage” for “World of Color” was another innovation in itself: a platform composed of nearly 1 full acre of engineered superstructure, longer than a football field and capable of settling on three levels – one for the performance, one under the water surface and one for maintenance. The show features nearly 1,200 powerful and programmable fountains, and a vast underwater grid with more than 18,000 points of control. Each fountain has multiple points of control for lighting, color intensity, water angle, height and more.

Neil Patrick Harris and Mickey Mouse Host ‘World of Color - Celebrate!’ at Disney California Adventure Park

And now, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort, “World of Color – Celebrate!” is hosted by award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris and the one-and-only Mickey Mouse, taking guests on a journey through the unparalleled imagination of Walt Disney to see how his extraordinary dreams came true.

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Additional ‘Decades’ Details and Art Revealed for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 28th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


A couple of months ago, I shared the first piece from the Disneyland Resort Diamond CelebrationDecades” collection created by Jeff Granito. The first piece in the series of “Decades” art (1955–1964) will debut today. Here’s a look at some of the exciting merchandise featuring the art.

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I’m sure you’ve been curious to see what some of the other pieces look like, right? Wait no more. Here’s a look at additional “Decades” art celebrating attractions, icons and characters for each ten-year milestone. Keep an eye out for these pieces to debut around every 60 days on items including apparel, home décor, pins and more.

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“Decades” Merchandise will be available at the following locations:

Deluxe Print, Dessert Plate, Mug and Tee:

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Are there more to come? Of course! But you’re going to have to keep watching the Disney Parks Blog to find out.

Which one is your favorite so far?

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Truffles Debut at Signature Restaurants

posted on May 26th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


UPDATE – Truffles are now available to guests without dining reservations at all three locations.

Looking for a dazzling way to complete your meal? Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Truffles will be offered at select signature restaurants throughout Disneyland ResortBlue Bayou Restaurant, Carthay Circle Restaurant and Steakhouse 55.

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Each beautifully themed box contains four truffles with flavors inspired by the location:

Blue Bayou Restaurant Truffle Flavors

  • Crème Brule – crème, brown sugar and vanilla
  • Bananas Foster – banana, vanilla ice cream, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum and banana liqueur
  • King Cake – confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice
  • Mint Julep – sugar, lime juice, lemon juice and crème de menthe

Carthay Circle Restaurant Truffle Flavors

  • Carthay Manhattan – American whiskey, sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters and Luxardo maraschino cherries
  • Brown Derby – bourbon, fresh grapefruit juice and honey
  • B52 Coffee – Grand Marnier, Kahlua, Irish cream, coffee and whipped cream
  • Hazelnut Tiramisu – classic tiramisu with hazelnut

Steakhouse 55 Truffle Flavors

  • Cosmopolitan – vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime
  • Kahlua – coffee, brown sugar, vanilla
  • 24-Layer Chocolate Cake – milk chocolate, hazelnut and a hint of vanilla
  • Primitivo – raspberry, blackberry, cherry, plums and raisin

For Carthay Circle Restaurant and Steakhouse 55, guests must be 21 years of age to purchase due to the alcohol content by volume.

Which box of truffles will you be bringing home?

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D23 Celebrates Disneyland Resort

posted on May 26th, 2015 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


The new issue of Disney twenty-three is a love letter to Walt Disney’s original theme park with more than 40 pages of photographs, artwork and stories that span from the inception of Disneyland to the excitement of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

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D23, Disney’s Official Fan Club, takes readers on a fabulous and fascinating journey in the new issue, available exclusively to D23 Gold Members. Disney Legend Marty Sklar and Walt Disney Imagineering Chief Creative Executive Bruce Vaughn take a stroll through the park together reminiscing about Disneyland’s rich history while looking to its exciting future.

Plus there’s something for every Disneyland fan, from features about the pitch portfolio full of dazzling concept artwork used to sell Walt’s dream of Disneyland to East Coast investors and a story on unique collectibles through the years to a look at rare photographs from the Disneyland Hotel and a “sampling” of some of our favorite park treats (churro, anyone?).

Dive in and enjoy, and if you’re not already a D23 Gold Member, you can join today and get more information here.

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Disney Infinity Community Builds Disneyland Toy Box in Honor of Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 25th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Want to explore the Disneyland Resort in a whole new way? Leap into the world of Disney Infinity and play with the new Disneyland Toy Box! Just launched along with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the Disneyland Toy Box was created by the Disney Infinity community. Players have been designing attractions for the game over the past few months, and many even teamed up to create the best attractions possible. Now the winning designs are available to download!

Take a look!

The complete Disneyland Toy Box includes:

The Disneyland Toy Box has given fans a chance to show their love for the Disneyland Resort across the globe, and it gives you a chance to extend your Disneyland experience into your home. You can download the complete toy box here.

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New Made With Magic Items Debut for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 25th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Nighttime at Disneyland Resort is now a little brighter with the release of new Made with Magic items. Created especially for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we have introduced a celebratory ear hat and a magical paintbrush. I caught up with Tracie Alt, merchandiser for headware, to learn more about the ear hat.

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“This is the first new Made with Magic ear hat released at Disneyland Resort since 2012,” explained Tracie. “This new hat includes an all-over 60th anniversary pattern and a specially designed patch. We also made the hat lighter and improved the overall fit.”

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The paintbrush has multiple light-up functions and operates the same way as the previously released Sorcerer Mickey wand. Guests can use the paintbrush to change the light patterns of other Made with Magic items. You can see how Made with Magic works in this recent Disney Parks Blog article.

Both the ear hat and the paintbrush will interact with select nighttime spectaculars at Disneyland Resort. Guests can also use these new items at select Disney Destinations around the world.

Look for these and other Made with Magic items in select merchandise locations at Disneyland Resort.

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24-Hour Events Kick Off Summer at Disney Parks

posted on May 23rd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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This weekend, we kicked off summer with 24 straight hours of fun at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. And during our live blog coverage from both coasts, we shared nearly 50 stories beginning with the official start to the “Coolest Summer Ever” in Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World and then continuing with coverage from the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Here’s a look at some of our favorite highlights.

During the 24 hours, many of you watched the experiences on our live video feeds and showed off your Disney Side with some amazing costumes.

Now, it’s time to look forward to all of the summer experiences at Disney Parks.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Has Officially Begun – It’s here! A celebration 60 years in the making is now underway. Thousands of guests helped us kick off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and our 24-hour event.

‘Paint the Night’ Parade and ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks Premiere at Disneyland Park – The all-new “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks open for Disneyland park guests as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

PHOTOS: Step Inside Our Disney Parks Blog ‘Tomorrowland’ Breakfast & Screening – The Disney Parks Blog team kicked off our 24-hours of fun here at Walt Disney World Resort by hosting a special “Tomorrowland” – themed event for 500 of our readers.

Behind the Scenes: Building Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how the team worked together to bring Harambe Market to life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

New Construction Milestone as Golden Spire Tops Enchanted Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disney Resort – Shanghai Disney Resort celebrated a major construction milestone this week with the topping out of the Enchanted Storybook Castle.

Enter the Coolest Summer Disney Side Contest for a Chance to Win a Sleepover in the Cinderella Castle Suite! – Enter for a chance to win a Walt Disney World Resort package including a night’s stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite – the ultimate Summer sleepover!

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‘We’re Just Getting Started …’ Here at the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 23rd, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


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“Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our company!” After 24-hours of dazzling magic and entertainment, the kickoff to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration has officially concluded.

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From opening performances of “Paint the Night” parade, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks and “World of Color – Celebrate!” … to sparkling merchandise and food offerings, we hope you enjoyed our updates on the Disney Parks Blog.

Even though our 24-hour party is over, our Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is just beginning. In fact, we’d like to leave you with a quote from Walt Disney himself: “We’re just getting started …”

See you real soon!

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